by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown
So welcome each other, in the same way that Christ also welcomed you, for God’s glory.Romans 15:7
As we know, it is easier to “talk the talk” than it is to take action. Fear often rears itself as a limiting emotion when words are set to action. Yet sometimes we can make intentional steps to override fear and discover newness in our relationship with God and one another.
In this spirit of acknowledgement, I want to thank you for your willingness to be braver.
Sunday, I shared that our conversation on inclusion has tackled the myth that “All Are Welcome” is a sufficient invitation for some to feel invited to worship and find meaningful participation in our faith community. This is a tough topic to dialog about because some people believe we are practicing effective welcoming practices. Others have recognized that some communities experience hostility from the church in general and that our congregation is rather homogenous. It is a braver step to look around our circles of connection to see who is not there. It takes courage to speak about these tensions aloud.
Let me take this opportunity to say thank you. I appreciate your willingness to listen to God and one another to imagine a statement of inclusion that is expansive and names who we can share God’s table with at Trinity. I believe the scripture lead-in for this article is our shared aspiration.
Thank you Trinity, for being braver!